IND vs ZIM 1st ODI: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill stich Highest ODI partnership for India in Zimbabwe
Updated on: Aug 18, 2022 8:13 pm IST
As expected, India thumped Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the first ODI of the 3 match series. India have toured to Zimbabwe for a brief ODI series and this series is right before the all important Asia Cup which made the Indian management to rest their first choice players. This opened a window of opportunity for the players who are next in line to fill the shoes of big boys once they hang up the boots.
IND vs ZIM 1st ODI: Indian openers create history
Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in ODIs for the first time in West Indies in the 3 match ODI series. They turned out to be a fine pair and they stitched some big partnerships in that series. With no Rohit Sharma for this series, Shubman Gill was persisted as the opener for this series as well.
India were set a target of 190 runs in 50 overs. Indian openers started off steadily, Shikhar Dhawan in particular took all the time in the world but Shubman Gill was proactive from the word go. Both the batsman milked the Zimbabwe bowlers brilliantly and they both remained unbeaten till the end to take India to a 10 wicket win. Their unbeaten partnership overtook Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s partnership of 180 to become the pair to stitch the highest ODI partnership for India in Zimbabwe.
|Shikhar Dhawan, Shubham Gill||192||2022|
|Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar||180||1998|
|Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik||167||2013|
A fine return for Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar who returned from injury after a long break bowled beautifully with the new ball to break the back of Zimbabwe inside powerplay. He dismissed the top 3 Zimbabwe batsmen in his first spell. He was swinging the ball both the ways and Zimbabwe batsmen had no clue in playing him out. He will be hoping to continue the good work in the remaining 2 games as well.
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